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Changing of the Guard for US Hockey

From Brian Compton at NHL.com:

Weight is calling it quits after a brilliant career that saw him tally 1,033 points in 1,238 NHL games. One of the finest American centers to ever play the game, Weight’s retirement all but means a changing of the guard for U.S. hockey, as only Detroit Red Wings center Mike Modano remains from an era that produced some of the greatest American hockey players (Chris Chelios, Brett Hull and Jeremy Roenick, just to name a few) in history. And there’s a good chance Modano may retire this offseason, too.

“I think we saw with that with (last year’s) Olympics,” Weight told NHL.com when asked if a new day has dawned on U.S. hockey. “Mike was really the only one that had a chance to make the team and didn’t. I’m proud of them. They played great. That’s a fun thing and they should really embrace that. Maybe since ‘95, ‘96 when we won the World Cup, that was an unbelievable ride. You always penciled in that next big tournament and you knew probably 15 of the 20 players that were always going to be on those teams, and that was a cool thing. It was just a great experience and something I’ll never forget.

“It is a changing (of the guard). I look forward to staying a fan. I mean, (Zach) Parise and (Ryan) Kesler … the list goes on and the players that we have that can play the game. They made us proud in Vancouver and I’m sure they will in the future.”

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EDJ's avatar

They should have at least mentioned Rafalski, even if he isn’t quite as early as some of those players.

Posted by EDJ on 05/26/11 at 06:33 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Best player to come out of Lake Superior State University. And he never forgot his little alma mater; donating hundreds of thousands of dollars, and attending certain functions at the university during the off-seasons.

Well done, Mr. Weight.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/26/11 at 08:02 PM ET

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